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Blast and huge fire at Spanish chemical plant Deadly blast at chemical plant in Tarragona, Spain
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An explosion at a petrochemical plant in Spain's autonomous Catalonia region has killed at least one person and injured another eight, officials say. An explosion at a chemical plant in Spain's autonomous Catalonia region has killed at least one person and injured another eight, officials say.
One person is missing after the blast, south of Tarragona city, set off a huge fire. Officials say it was probably sparked by a chemical accident. One person is missing after the blast, south of Tarragona, set off a huge fire. Officials say it was probably sparked by a chemical accident.
Catalonia's civil defence agency urged residents of Tarragona and nearby towns to close windows and stay indoors. Authorities initially urged residents to stay indoors but later said no toxic substances had been released.
Dozens of firefighters are tackling the blaze in La Canonja municipality. Dozens of firefighters tackled the blaze late into the night.
The explosion at the Industrias Químicas del Óxido de Etileno plant happened at 18:40 local time (17:40 GMT). The explosion at the Industrias Químicas del Óxido de Etileno plant happened at 18:40 local time (17:40 GMT) in La Canonja municipality.
The dead person was found in a building that collapsed after the blast triggered a shockwave. The dead person was found in a nearby building that collapsed.
Two of the eight injured people had serious burns, Catalonia's civil protection service said. At least two of the injured people had serious burns, Catalonia's civil protection service said. Rescuers are searching for the missing person, a plant employee.
Rescuers are still searching for a missing person, a plant employee. Late on Tuesday Catalan leader Quim Torra told reporters: "Now we can send a message of calm and confidence to people. There is no toxicity and therefore people can carry on with their lives as normal."
The civil protection service said no toxic substances had been detected in the area.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez later offered support for the Catalan authorities in dealing with the accident.Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez later offered support for the Catalan authorities in dealing with the accident.